Biking in Stockholm

In mid-May, I took a research trip to see the Mexikokarta, a map of Mexico City c. 1540 that is housed in the Carolina Rediviva Library in Uppsala. I landed in Stockholm on a Thursday and stayed with my fabulous Airbnb host Shama. (Fun fact: Shama and I were exchanging social media info, and she asked…

Viva las Vegas (the Britney Spears show!)

I know it’s been AGES since I’ve written a post. I’m writing up my dissertation this year, and I’m really feeling that pressure to finish (I have a single grey hair to prove it). On a typical day, I’m staring at my computer from morning ’til night, so the last thing I usually want to do…

On the run (exploring Georgetown)

My recent explorations of the Georgetown Waterfront have only confirmed my belief that going for a run is one of the best ways to explore a new city. On Sunday, my goal was to get to the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. When I reached it rather quickly, I decided to keep going …. and I…

The Atrio Cross at Acolman

Today was the first day of my fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute run by Harvard University in Georgetown ‘dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.’ (I’m in the Pre-Columbian Studies group!) Spending my day with other fellows discussing our research topics has had me reminiscing intensely about…

Paddleboard Yoga

On a recent trip to Martha’s Vineyard, I had the chance to try paddleboard yoga through Island Spirit Kayak. I’d always wanted to try paddle boarding. It seemed like a great way to enjoy the water without completely submerging while getting a good arm workout. Despite the fact that you stand on the board, I was a…

Wicker Park Fest

Summer time this year has meant frequenting farmers markets and festivals, and I made it to Wicker Park Fest a few weekends ago. Touted as the ‘definitive culmination of cutting edge music, celebrated local restaurants, and unbeatable culture‘, Wicker Park only cost us a $5 entrance fee plus about $7 a beer. You can get…

Logan Square Farmers Market

I spent a weekend with a friend in her neighborhood of Logan Square. I proudly ventured west, away from my comfy spot next to Lake Michigan between Wrigleyville & Boystown. ‘I just can’t do an east-west relationship,’ my friend told me emphatically, referring to the fact that the red line runs north and south along the…

Kid in a Candy Store

Summer is here, and my time in Mexico has come to an end for now. I’m now temporarily in the Windy City. I had the lucky chance to be here last summer for the first time, and I fell in love with Chicago. The people are so nice, the city is beautiful, and in the summer, the…

Lucha Libre

I must confess that I’ve never seen Nacho Libre, the comedy where Jack Black plays a Catholic priest by day, masked luchador by night, in a story loosely based on true life, but that film and some Lonely Planet guidebook back in 2011 got me first interested in the spectacle. I never made it to…

Fish tacos in Tulum

About 45 minutes south of Playa del Carmen is the town of Tulum, home to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Yucatan. Tulum was once a trading post for the Post-Classic (13th-15th century) Maya, and it boasts a breathtaking location, situated on the edge of a 40 ft. cliff that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. I’ve…

Playa del Carmen (plus, the best budget airlines in Mexico)

Before I bade adieu to life in Mexico (tear), my parents and I took a trip to Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo in the Yucatán Peninsula. To get to Playa, you fly to Cancun (about a 2 hr. flight). We flew Volaris for an amazing $125 round trip. If you’re flying throughout Mexico, I highly…

Street Art Renaissance

The internet has been abuzz with stories regarding Mexico City’s thriving street art scene. (BBC news recently ran a story, but it seems like the video has been taken down from the Internet.) I had long known about Street Art Chilango because I had happened upon their stunning Instagram account. When my friend Aneesha came…